JDI Ventures Into High-Res Displays For VR

JDI Ventures Into High-Res Displays For VR
November 28, 2016

As the trend of virtual reality is gaining more-and-more traction, many giants within the tech community as participating to optimise VR and take it even further. Japan Display Inc. – A leader in making LCD displays for small and medium segment devices has recently announced its plans to make high-resolution displays for VR headsets. JDI is a joint conglomerate formed together by the display units of Hitachi, Toshiba and Soni.


The display manufacturer in its recent press release has announced that it is currently developing a 3.42 inch tailored for VR headsets with 1,440 x 1,700 screen that packs a total of 651 pixels per inch. The aspect ration for the display is set to be 1.18:1 rather than the 16:9 giving the pixels a squarer shape. Today, there are even few smartphone powered VR headsets, but the issue with them is that even if the smartphones have a high-resolution screens, their refresh rate simply doesn’t match up to that as required for VR.

The new display offered by JDI is said to have a 90Hz refresh rate and faster response times in just 3-6 ms. This would help to reduce the motion blur by an considerable amount. Due to the faster refresh rate and IPS LCD display, the JDI display will cater to better system latency.


To take an rough idea, the existing Rift and Vive VR headsets offers a PPI density of 456 pixels while the Gear VR when used with the Galaxy S7 offers a PPI density of 575 pixels. It means with 651 PPI JDI display will have more than 30% PPI compared to Rift and Vive and 12% more than the Gear VR. Take a look at the below image to understand the difference of introducing additional pixels to the image, which considerably reduces the immersion breaking effect.

The display giant has also teased to put in a 800PPI of display with a pixel resolution of nearly 2088 x 1768. The pixel count here is said to be 3,691,584 which would be 50% more than the existing Gear VR and 65% more than Rift and Vive headsets.

One thing is sure, with more major industry giants coming together, we could see some path-breaking changes to be coming in the future VR headsets.


About Japan Display Inc.
Japan Display Inc. (JDI) is a leading global manufacturer of advanced small- and medium-sized LTPS LCD panels. By leveraging its advanced technologies and the world’s largest LTPS production capacity, JDI provides high resolution, low power consumption and thin displays for smartphones, tablets, automotive electronics, digital cameras, medical equipment and other electronic devices.

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